To date there have been over 10 deaths on bike tour rides. The head of ER at Maui Memorial Hopital said that they see an accident in the ER on an every other day basis. Calls these tours "One of the most dangerous activities on Maui." Do yourself a big favor, ship this one..
We, like many other tourist have purchased the "Maui Revealed" book. It was very informative and took us to some great places. One of the sights listed in the book leads you to the Blue Hole. We parked and started down the road to the swimming hole. We were met halfway with a small family that told us there was a big scary guy that yelled at them to get off of his property. Curious-we kept going. Sure enough, there was a large,long haired, menacing looking man blocking our path. Striking up a conversation we discovered that this WAS private property and he had several front page articles on the book we had in our pack and how his land was being destroyed by the throngs of people flocking to this sacred spot. He let us pass and we had the luxury of enjoying the pool with no one present. We did not stay long and expressed our gratitude upon leaving to our host. I only wish I had snapped a photo of him!
If you are going to hike to any waterfalls and it has been raining I strongly suggest some shoes that you don't mind getting completely muddy. I was halfway up my calves in mud when I took a wrong path heading to one of the waterfalls on the Hana Highway
On Maui there are a lot of people who are there for the surfing season without cars. A lot of people hitchhike to get around the island. While I do not recommend picking up hitchhikers, it does seem to be a common practice.
Remember, it rains often in Hawaii. And it can get quite windy. We rented a Harley for the day. We rode all day, got rained on four times, but it always clears. Towards the evening, we headed towards Haleakala, not towards the summit, but aroung 37, down the south west side of the mountain. The roads are two lane, with nice soft dips and curves. Beautiful roads for the motorcyle enthusiast. Already aware of the wet roads, my husband (a veteran rider) was putting along at about 30 mph. Such a nice ride, I was on the back taking pictures.
As we came along an outside curve, a huge gust of wind (we heard later of gusts up to 60 mph that day) picked up the bike and us and tried to blow us off the side of the mountain. Thank God we did't go over the side, but we hit lava rocks and wrecked. I spent the rest of Maui vacation in the hospital.
Be aware of the wet roads, the high winds, and although helmets aren't required, I'd suggest them. I only got thrown about five feet from the bike, but those lava rocks mangled whatever part of my body hit. It could have been my skull.
Be careful...but Maui has the greatest riding I've ever done.
Be VERY CAREFUL where you park and how long you've parked there. I parked in a lot that was like a 2-hour lot near Lahaina and got a ticket. Of course in a rental car the rental company made me pay the ticket. Rats! And it wasn't cheap!
They are watching you! Don't leave valuables unattended in your car. Try not to leave anything in the trunk for that matter. There is a problem with car break-ins. The tourists are pretty obvious, as you might guess.
There are so many beaches to stop and go surfing with the locals. But becareful especially beginners, the waves can be rough and if you don't know the area you could get hurt.
Tip: Hire a Surfing instructor to show you the ropes!
If you don't follow this advice, beware of the curse of Pele! (Do NOT disturb her "children" or you will have bad luck!!)
Hawaiian legends tell that eruptions were caused by Pele, the beautiful but tempestuous Goddess of Volcanoes, during her frequent moments of anger. Pele was both revered and feared; her immense power and many adventures figured prominently in ancient Hawaiian songs and chants. She could cause earthquakes by stamping her feet and volcanic eruptions and fiery devastations by digging with the Pa'oe, her magic stick. An oft-told legend describes the long and bitter quarrel between Pele and her older sister Namakaokahai that led to the creation of the chain of volcanoes that form the islands.
-- Excerpt from: Tilling, et.al., 1987, Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes: Past, Present, and Future, USGS General Interest Publication
Many of the beaches in Maui have lava, coral or rocks on them. Sometimes you can't even see it until you are actually out in the water. I can tell you from personal experience that it's very easy to cut yourself if you are swimming near rocks or lava. Be extremely careful. You may want to invest in a pair of water shoes just to prevent yourself from stepping on rocks while in the ocean.
When you visit Maui you wil undoubtedly come across people trying to sell you timeshares. My advice is to quickly walk away and/or pretend you don't speak English or Spanish.
They'll offer you a free meal or even sometimes free accommodations.
But after that you will go through a gruelling 3 to 4 hour interrogation-like sales job unlike you've never experienced before. They will bring in multiple people to talk with you and ridicule you. I'm not exaggerating. It will add a huge sour not to your vacation.
If you're really looking for a timeshare then I'd suggest buying one in your country of origin so that if something goes wrong with the deal then you can take legal action more easily.
Usually there are signs.
OK so you are wise and don't swim. Another danger awaits you. While taking this picture i almost got struck by a coconut. It fell down from the palm tree behind the sign. The milk was so refreshing. We were out of water!
There's a 5 mile stretch of road that all the car rental companies will tell you to avoid and are off limits. If you go with the Jeep Wrangler your safer than safe! I can see it being a pain with a regular sedan or something but the cars will still make it through. It's just going to be very bumpy and be weary going around the curves. Honk HOnk...that's right use the horn!
When visiting the Infinity pools perched atop a 200-foot Makahiku Falls, please be very careful. Use your judgement when climbing down on the rocks. As you can see, my out of shape self made it down there easily. What you have to be careful about is how slippery the rocks are and watching your step.
Kids don't try this at all!
When doing the Pipiwai Trail and hiking up to the Waimoku Falls, please be cautious and careful going up. There is much to tempt the traveler. However, much of it is better enjoyed from a distance than up close. One example is Waimoku falls. While you can walk and allow yourself to be doused by the falling water, any rock or hard object that falls from 400 feet above is going to hit you like a meteor. It's best to keep your distance and enjoy it's beauty from there.
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo